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As you probably know, sugary foods and drinks can actually lead to tooth decay. Similarly, you probably know that you can avoid this problem by brushing and flossing your teeth regularly. Similarly, you may know that brushing and flossing correctly can help you keep these issues at bay. However, do you know when you should brush?

For instance, would you be surprised to learn that brushing your teeth could actually harm your pearly whites? You see, your teeth will actually be weakened for about half an hour after you eat. If you brush during this half hour, you’ll actually be damaging the outer, protective layer of your teeth. After 30 or so minutes, your enamel will harden again, making it safe to brush.

In some cases, you may want to brush in the morning before you eat—especially if you’re in a hurry. However, many people don’t like brushing their teeth before eating because the flavor of their toothpaste can affect their food. Fortunately, there are a number of toothpastes you could use that don’t have an overpowering flavor. If you’re worried about how your breakfast can affect breath, we recommend eating an apple or chewing sugar-free gum.

If you’re interested in learning more about how or when to floss, please don’t hesitate to give us a call at 973.635.9456. Dr. Jacqueline S. Reid and our team will be happy to answer any questions you have. We’re eager to hear from you!